The Illegal Immigrant Among Us
Posted on 06.28.11 by Danny Glover @ 12:20 pm

Three years ago, my wife and I had the pleasure of hosting a young Guatemalan man in our Virginia home for a few weeks. Andres came to the United States on a work visa for a job in Texas, but when he arrived, his sponsoring employer told Andres he had no work available.

The employer then told Andres he could use the short-term visa to work anywhere in the country. He chose Northern Virginia, in part because of the job market and in part because mutual friends introduced Andres to our family — including the three children we adopted from Guatemala.

We loved having Andres in our home. The children adored him and even took an interest in learning their native tongue, an idea they had resisted for years when Mom and Dad suggested it. We took Andres to the White House, treated him to exotic meals (by Guatemalan standards) and spoiled him as best we could while he struggled to make sense of his immigration status.

But after a trip to the Guatemalan embassy, we became concerned that Andres had no right to be in America. We paid an immigration lawyer who confirmed that suspicion.

Andres’ would-be employer had lied. His visa gave him the right to work only in Texas, only for that employer and only for a few months. He was an illegal immigrant — and living in our home. Worse, he was in a city on the prowl for illegal immigrants, with our house located just blocks from the “Liberty Wall of Truth” in Manassas.

The lawyer advised Andres to stay in our home until he could take the earliest flight to Guatemala. We bought his airline ticket and sent him home to the needy family he had come to America to support.

I thought of Andres last week as I read and watched the confession of “undocumented immigrant” Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer-winning journalist who lied for more than a decade so he could stay in America and rise to glory in a profession that prides itself on truth-telling.

I am part of that profession. I also happen to know Jose, who cited me as a source on technology and politics when he was a reporter at The Washington Post. (I was the editor of National Journal’s Technology Daily.) And I am shocked to see him being heralded as a hero.

The story of how Jose learned he was an illegal immigrant at age 16, four years after he came to America, is heart-rending. He was a victim of the deceptions of adults he trusted, his mother in the Philippines and his grandparents in California.

But there is nothing heroic about manipulating the legal system and lying to employers to get one’s way, as Jose did time and again once he knew the truth.

Filed under: Adoption and Family and Friends and Government and Human Interest and Media and News & Politics and People and Technology and Video
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The Day Paden City High School Burned
Posted on 06.24.11 by Danny Glover @ 12:42 pm

When I was 8 years old, tragedy struck our small West Virginia town. Paden City High School caught fire on Jan. 8, 1975, and the school that knit together a community was destroyed.

I remember that Wednesday well to this day. I watched the flames and smoke rise as we went to Bible study that evening and still saw them when we left. Paden City has never been home to more than a few thousand people, and the city limits stretch little more than a mile from one end to the other. Everyone knew what was happening that night, and all of us were horrified.

Now there’s old-fashioned reel video of that historic day on YouTube:

In case you’re wondering, the county finished rebuilding Paden City High School a couple of years later, so when I started my freshman year in 1981, it was in a mostly new building. The gymnasium, band room and shop rooms in the back part of the school survived the fire and are there to this day.

Filed under: History and Video and West Virginia
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Get Down, Gorilla
Posted on 06.22.11 by Danny Glover @ 6:15 pm

Zolo, a 9-year-old gorilla at the Calgary Zoo, knows how to have a good time in a puddle:

Filed under: Human Interest and Just For Laughs and Video and Wildlife
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This Summer’s Redneck Treat: Fried Kool-Aid
Posted on 06.21.11 by Danny Glover @ 5:50 pm

“There’s nothing that I can’t fry, and there’s nothing that I won’t fry.” That’s what “Chicken” Charlie Boghosian, a fairground deep-fry master in San Diego, told ABC News in explaining the origins of his latest delicacy — fried Kool-Aid.

Boghosian’s culinary masterpiece is a hit on YouTube and across the Internet. How long before his work inspires a new spin on an old cliche: “Somebody’s been eating the Kool-Aid.”

Add a batch of deep-fried bacon and a chaser of fried Oreos or Snickers, and you have a well-balanced redneck feast:

Filed under: Food and Human Interest and People and Video
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The Dalai Lama Pizza Joke
Posted on 06.14.11 by Danny Glover @ 12:37 pm

How ironic that Dalai Lama humor is lost on the Dalai Lama himself:

Filed under: Just For Laughs and Religion and Video
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The Democratic Definition Of Civility
Posted on 06.08.11 by Danny Glover @ 5:51 pm

Politicians of all stripes love to talk civility, but few of them walk the talk. The hypocrisy is bipartisan, but one Democratic lawmaker in particular has made clear in recent days that she’s not the least bit interested in civil discourse with or about her colleagues.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schulz of Florida, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, has accused Republicans of pushing a Medicare plan that is a “death trap” for seniors, “literally dragging us all the way back to Jim Crow laws,” throwing “young people to the wolves,” and being “anti-women.”

She clearly went to the Howard Dean School of Decorum.

Filed under: Government and News & Politics and People and Video
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My Dad The Mermaid
Posted on 06.05.11 by Danny Glover @ 4:17 pm

Dale Price is a redneck with a twisted sense of humor — sophomoric even, in the sense that he used it against his son for the poor kid’s entire sophomore year of high school.

The Utah Dad donned a different costume every school day, and as his son Rain boarded the bus, Dale Price stepped out the front door, artificial leg and all, to wave goodbye.

Some of the costumes were tame — cowboy, “Old Spice Dad” and clown — but when your Dad appears in public as a mermaid, Batgirl, a shirtless fireman or while sitting on the toilet, that’s downright embarrassing.

A relative documented the spectacle at a blog called Wave at the Bus. It ended with a roundup post that featured links to many of the costumes.

This school-free summer, which began June 2, will be the best of Rain Price’s life. It’s a good thing he kept his grades up high enough to avoid summer school.

The upside for Rain, according to his Dad: “He can use it against his kids and tell them, ‘If you think you are embarrassed by me, you should have seen your grandfather.’”

Filed under: Human Interest and Just For Laughs and Parenting and People and Redneck Humor and Video
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You, Too, Can Ride A Bike!
Posted on 06.04.11 by Danny Glover @ 9:44 am

Listen up, children. “If you believe in yourself, you will know how to ride a bike!”

Filed under: Human Interest and Video
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Why We Home-School, Lesson #33
Posted on 06.01.11 by Danny Glover @ 12:28 pm

We don’t want our children dining at Hooters when they go on field trips with irresponsible (and presumably male) chaperones.

But this brief story contains an arguably more shocking revelation than the fact that eighth-graders from Pennsylvania ate at Hooters while visiting the National Aquarium in Baltimore: “Hooters spokesman Mike McNeil says the restaurant chain often hosts groups, including sports teams and church organizations with teens and younger children.”

Religious church groups at Hooters? I wonder if they were wearing “What would Jesus do?” bracelets while ogling the busty waitresses.

(Read previous “Why We Home-School” lessons.)

Filed under: Parenting and Religion and Why We Home-School
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